From Hollywood celebrities to the guy next door, millions of people have made
World of Warcraft a part of their lives. How do you play
WoW? We're giving each approach its own 15 Minutes of Fame.
For the crowdsourced site that it is, it's funny how Wikipedia's attempts at straight-laced objectivity so often nail the tenor of its subjects in an almost poetically understated fashion. Take this week's subject, Liz Danforth
: "Elizabeth T. Danforth is a figure of note in the game industry. Although primarily recognized as an illustrator, she is an editor, writer, game scenario designer, and game developer." A figure of note? I'll say so. When I oh-so-casually mentioned who I was emailing back and forth with this week, the IMs from my husband (who's been playing pen-and-paper RPGs and card games since 1978) hit capslock mode: "WHO? Oh, HELL YEAH! Ask her if she can send the art for TUKNIR DEATHLOCK
Thus began my immersion into the world of Liz Danforth. Lest you think she comes strictly from an old-school perspective, Danforth's route today continues forward through computer gaming and forges ahead into new frontiers of MMO design. As our sister site Massively noted
just last month, "Danforth is an industry pro whose resume stretches back to include classic PC games like Star Trek: 25th Anniversary
, and she said she was impressed enough with what Namaste was doing with Storybricks
to allow herself to be called out of semi-retirement and back into action. Right now she's providing the team with concept and promotional art."
Interviewing Danforth is no small prospect. The lady is passionate about everything she's involved in, from gaming to her work as a professional librarian to ... well, we found ourselves chatting late one night this week about standing desks
. Of course, the point here is to see how the World of Warcraft
figures into the mix -- and on that, like everything else, this outspoken WoW
veteran has plenty to say.
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